Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in weight loss

Obesity / Overweight / Weight Loss
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - obesity - overweight - weight loss

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for weight loss, obesity

General description & overview of weight loss, obesity

Healthy nutrition requires a balance of food, vitamins, and minerals (from eating a healthy diet) and physical activity. Overweight and obesity can result if things get out of balance—such as eating too much food, not getting enough physical activity, or having too much of one or more nutrients in the diet.

The United States is facing a very serious public health crisis of overweight and obesity. Today, about 65 percent of adults are overweight or obese. Children are getting heavier as well. The percentage of children and teens that are overweight has more than doubled in the past 30 years. In the 1990s, rates of obesity more than doubled, and are currently rising by over 5% per year. Today, about 17 percent of American children, aged 2-19, are overweight and the numbers are rising. Taking weight off, and keeping it off, is difficult as many people who lose weight later gain back some or all of the excess pounds.

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Extra pounds can add up to health problems, often for life. In adults, overweight and obesity are linked to increased risk of
  heart disease
  atherosclerosis
  type 2 diabetes
  high blood pressure
  stroke
  gallbladder disease
  gallstones
  osteoarthritis
  gout
  respiratory disorders
  certain cancers (such as breast cancer in postmenopausal women, and cancers of the uterus, colon, and kidney)
  prostate enlargement (BPH)
  female infertility
  uterine fibroids
 
several disorders of pregnancy, including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and gestational hypertension, and
  other chronic conditions.

The location of excess body fat may affect the amount of health risk associated with overweight. For example, the risk of developing these diseases is highest when weight is concentrated near the waist.

Natural remedies & medicnes for weight loss, obesity. Obesity can have devastating consequences for health and happiness. On an emotional level it can lead to a lack of self-esteem and depression because cannot enjoy a normal, active life.

Women are more prone to obesity than men as their bodies are more efficient at storing fat; ideally, women should have 25 percent of their body weight as fat, and men should have 15 percent.

For children also, being overweight increases their health risks. Type 2 diabetes was once rare in children—but now it accounts for 8 to 45 percent of newly diagnosed diabetes cases in American children and teens. In addition, overweight children are more likely to become overweight or obese as adults. Children seem most prone to adding fat cells at three different periods in their lives; in the three months before birth; in the first three years of life; and, as in quite a few cases, at the onset of adolescence, from 11 to 16 years old. Experts point out that most youngsters learn their eating habits from their parents – that may be why the children of overweight parents are themselves overweight.

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Symptoms of weight loss, obesity

 

Obesity is usually determined by body mass index, or BMI, using a formula that calculates a ratio of your height to your weight. (Use our Fitness calculator to get your BMI and other indexes)

 
  • BMI 18-24 (normal)
  • BMI 25 - 29.9 (overweight)
  • BMI 30 and above (obese)

 

A high waist to hip ratio (indicating that the fat is centered around the waist) increases the risk of developing serious, even life-threatening conditions associated with obesity. Generally, for men a ratio of 0.90 or less is considered safe. For women, 0.80 or less is considered safe.

Alternative remedies, medicines & cures for weight loss, obesity. For children ages two and older, and for teens, BMI uses weight and height, and adds sex and age into the calculation. Instead of using a specific number like adults do, the BMI for children and teens listed as a percent. This percent indicates a child’s BMI in relation to the BMIs of other children the same sex and age.

  Children aged two and older are considered:
 
  • At a healthy weight if their BMI falls between the 5th and the 85th percentiles.
  • At risk for being overweight if their BMI is in the 85th to 95th percentile.
  • Overweight or obese if their BMI is at or higher than the 95th percentile.

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Causes of weight loss, obesity

A number of factors contribute to obesity.

  • An unbalanced diet: Eating high fat, high-calorie food causes weight gain.
  • Lack of physical exercise: Sedentary people do not burn as many calories as active people.
  • Genetics: Your genes may influence how much fat your body stores and where it stores it, although genes alone do not mean you will be obese.

  • Age: People gain weight as they get older, because they tend to be less active and lose muscle mass.
  • Heavy drinking
  • Psychological issues: Some people overeat (compulsive eating) when they are upset or stressed.
  • Medications: Some drugs, such as corticosteroids, blood pressure medication, and tricyclic antidepressants, can cause you to gain weight.

Herbal supplements for weight loss, obesity. Medical problems: Rarely, obesity is due to a medical problem such as Cushing's syndrome (where the adrenal glands produce too much hormone) or hypothyroidism (where the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones). Conditions such as osteoarthritis cause people to be less active, which can lead to weight gain.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in weight loss, obesity

Losing weight is a slow, gradual process and requires a combination of healthy eating, balanced nutrition and exercise. In an effort to lose weight, some people turn to prescription or over the counter medicine to control appetite and help them to 'starve' the extra weight off. Many of these products contain stimulants which raise heart rate and can cause anxiety and other health problems. Even some so-called 'natural' products contain ephedra and other harmful stimulants. Ultimately the body suffers and the lost pounds often return with a vengeance after the product is stopped.

Herbal and homeopathic remedies can offer an effective natural solution to obesity and weight-gain.

There are also many natural weight loss supplements available that are effective in helping you to achieve your goal weight and support a healthy metabolism naturally. Herbal and homeopathic remedies are gentle on the body’s system, helping to create the conditions necessary for weight stabilization and balance.

These natural weight loss supplements also promote overall physical, mental and emotional health. Herbs such as Fucus vesiculosis, Gallium aperine, Taraxacum officinalis, Glycorrhiza glabra, Erythrea centaurium, Garcinia cambogia, Taraxacum officinalis, Glycorrhiza glabra, and Capsicum can help to boost the metabolism, improve liver functioning, stimulate the digestive system and keep the weight off.

Homeopathic remedies such as Kalium Phosphate, Calcium Phosphate and Calcium Fluoride also help to improve metabolism and the breakdown of dietary fat while reducing the craving for sweet foods. When used regularly, these natural ingredients can help to assist your body in weight loss while also helping rid your body of harmful toxins. The result is a slimmer, more energetic and healthier you!

In addition, the sea vegetable Fucus vesiculosis contains a concentrated source of minerals including iodine, which assists in the production of thyroid hormones necessary for maintaining healthy metabolism in all cells of the body.


For adults

  • Paulina cupana (Guarana) is a climbing shrub that grows wild in the Amazon regions of Brazil and Uruguay. This supplement is derived from the seeds of Paullinia cupana and regarded as a nerve tonic, beneficial in supporting energy levels. Guarana also has tonifying properties that can help the intestines and promote healthy digestion.

  • Zingiber officinalis (Ginger) has rhizomes (underground stem) and stems that have been utilized in ancient Chinese, Japanese and Indian medicine since the 1500s. It has been documented that ancient Greeks wrapped ginger in bread and ate it after meals as a digestive aid. Recent studies have shown Ginger to be beneficial in calming the stomach and supporting digestion, preventing nausea


For teenagers

  • Commiphora Muku (Guggul) has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. Guggul contains resin, volatile oils, and gum. The extract isolates ketonic steroid compounds known as guggulsterones.

  • Gymnema Sylvestre is an important herb in both Ayurvedic medicine and Traditional African medicine, Gymnema is known to support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Gymnema sylvestre has recently been studied for its ability to promote weight management.

Homeopathic medicines for weight loss, obesity. According to tradition, this herb "strengthens the spleen, blood and Qi, raises the yang Qi of the spleen and stomach, and stabilizes the exterior” and has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many centuries as a tonic for the endocrine system.


For children

  • Taraxacum Officinalis (Dandelion) is an unusually nutritious food. It contains substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon. The bitter principle of dandelion stimulates digestion, including the secretion of salivary and gastric juices. Dandelion also promotes the flow of bile, supporting liver health. In recent studies, Taraxacum officinalis was shown to have an effect on laboratory animals with respect to body weight.

  • Stachys Officinalis (Wood betony) is very useful for the child who may turn to food for alleviation of discomfort. Wood betony can help to promote digestion and support metabolism in growing bodies.

 

For all ages (along with age specific remedies)

  • Kalium Phosphate (derived from potassium phosphate) is a natural nerve nutrient, present in brain cells and nerve tissue.

  • Calcium Phosphate supports healthy digestion at a cellular level It assists in the formation of new blood cells and is present in connective tissue and digestive juices making it a vital component of the body's nutrition process from digestion and assimilation through to energy expenditure. An excellent general tonic for all ages!

   

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in weight loss, obesity

EcoSlim for weight loss, obesity

EcoSlim™

Promotes healthy metabolism, liver, thyroid and digestive functioning.

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TeenSlim for weight loss, obesity

TeenSlim™

Assists teenagers in weight maintenance, system cleansing, skin clarity and energy.

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JuniorSlim for weight loss, obesity

JuniorSlim™

Promotes safe weight loss and management for children and preteens.

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Slimmer's Assist for weight loss, obesity

TripleComplex Slimmer's Assist™

Assists body with metabolism, digestion and the healthy breakdown of dietary fat.

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Helpful dietary habits recommended in weight loss, obesity

 

A sensible balanced diet based on moderate quantities of foods that are low in fat will help most people to lose weight safely. The successful slimmer loses weight slowly and surely, and establishes a healthy eating and exercise pattern that will last a lifetime, so that weight loss is permanent.

Diet

Diet plans are enormously popular. They range from traditional low fat, high-carbohydrate diets to high-protein, high fat, low-carbohydrate diets. The truth is, no specific diet works for everyone, and no diet works without the other essential components of weight loss - exercise and stress management.

Essentially a healthy diet

  • Emphasizes on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugar

Beware of diets that promise quick, substantial weight loss; they often do not contain enough of the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, and you are more likely to go off the diet and engage in binge eating, gaining the weight back. Weight loss of about 1 to 2 pounds per week is considered safe and sustainable. Before attempting any diet, it is important to consult a healthcare practitioner to determine which plan is right for you.


Herbal medicines for weight loss, obesity. Excess body mass has the one advantage of increasing bone mass—a protection against osteoporosis. Probably because of this, researchers have been able to show that people who successfully lose weight have greater loss of bone compared with those who do not lose weight. People who lose weight should, therefore, pay more attention to preventing osteoporosis.


Calorie restriction


Energy is measured in calories, and the aims of a slimming diet are to bring about weight loss by reducing your calorie intake from food and drink, and increasing your calorie output with exercise, so that the body uses up more energy than it takes in. In this way, the body’s stores of fat tissue are gradually used up.

Calories in the diet come from fat, carbohydrate, protein, and/or alcohol. Weight-loss diets are typically designed to limit calories either by restricting certain foods that are thought to result in increased calorie intake, and/or by emphasizing foods that are believed to result in reduced calorie intake. Some currently popular diets restrict fat while emphasizing fiber and a balanced intake of healthful foods. Others restrict carbohydrates, either to extremely low amounts as in the Atkins diet, or to a lesser degree, emphasizing foods low in the glycemic index or high in protein.

Fiber

Adequate amounts of dietary fiber are believed to be important for people wishing to lose weight. Fiber adds bulk to the diet and tends to produce a sense of fullness, helping people consume fewer calories. While research on the effect of fiber intake on weight loss has not produced consistent results, a recent review of weight-loss trials that did not restrict calories concluded that higher fiber diets improved weight-loss results, especially in people who were overweight. Fiber may also help lower insulin levels (insulin controls the amount of sugar in the blood).

Stabilizing food sensitivities


Although the relationship between food sensitivities and body weight remains uncertain, according to one researcher, chronic food allergy may lead to overeating and obesity.

Long-term Change

People who go on and off diets frequently complain that it takes fewer calories to produce weight gain with each weight fluctuation. Evidence now clearly demonstrates that the body gets "stingier" in its use of calories after each diet. This means it becomes easier to gain weight and harder to lose it the next time. Dietary changes need to be long term.

Balancing your weight loss diet
People who go on and off diets frequently complain that it takes fewer calories to produce weight gain with each weight fluctuation. Evidence now clearly demonstrates that the body gets "stingier" in its use of calories after each diet. This means it becomes easier to gain weight and harder to lose it the next time. Dietary changes need to be long term.
FOOD TYPES TIPS
STARCHY FOODS  
Rice, bread, potatoes, cereals, pasta and other starches are the staple foods in your diet; everything else revolves around them. Contrary to popular beliefs, starchy foods are not fattening. Breads and cereals contain no more calories per gram than lean meat and far less than fats.
Choose specialty breads that taste good on their own without spreads. Serve pasta and rice with tomato-based vegetable sauces, avoiding any made with cheese, cream, butter or lots of oil.
FRUIT, VEGETABLES AND SALADS  
Include a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and salad leaves. Fresh fruit makes a good choice for a low0calorie dessert.
Go easy on dry fruits and avocados; dried fruit is high on sugar and avocados are high in fat. Avoid fattening salad dressings such as mayonnaise; make your own based on lemon or lime juice and low-fat yoghurt. Do not eat fried potatoes, such as chips, or potatoes baked with a cheese sauce.
MILK, CHEESE AND YOGHURT  
Eat moderate amounts of low-fat dairy products
Choose skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, low-fat yoghurt and low-fat cheeses such as fromage frais, cottage cheese and ricotta. Avoid milk shakes made with whole milk.
PROTEIN  
Choose lean meat (such as game) with all visible fat trimmed off, poultry with the skin removed, fish and pulses (lentils, split peas and dried beans).
Steam, grill, bake or poach – but do not fry. Eat nuts, nut butters and seeds in moderation. Avoid high-fat meat products such as pies, pastries, sausages and beefburgers. White fish such as cod is less fattening than oily fish. Avoid fish canned in oil, or drain well.
FATTY AND SUGARY FOODS  
Use low-fat spreads. Use oil – even olive oil – sparingly. The occasional (once or twice a week) sugary treat will do no harm, as sugar is not blamed for obesity. Cutting down on fats is the best approach when you are dieting.
Avoid all crisps, biscuits, cakes and pies as they contain a lot of hidden fats.


Eating Guidelines

Guiding healthful food choices when eating outside of the home is also a priority. To teach good lifetime eating habits, try the following

  • Make healthful foods easy to see at home and keep unhealthful foods out of sight
  • Plan meals and snacks ahead of time so that healthy choices will be available
  • Avoid using food as a reward or withholding food as punishment
  • Eat slowly and pay attention to when you are hungry and when you are satisfied
  • Eat at a designated location such as a dining table, rather than in front of the TV
  • Aim for several servings of fruits and vegetables every day
  • Drink water when thirsty instead of beverages with added sugars
  • Start the day with a healthful breakfast to prevent cravings later on
Some most effective home made remedies
  • Take 1 teaspoon lime juice with 1 cup water in the morning
  • Mix limejuice with honey and water. Drink a glass of this every morning. Mix 3 teaspoons of lime juice, ¼ teaspoon powdered black pepper and 1 teaspoon honey in 1 cup water. Drink for 3 months.
  • Eat 10 fresh, fully grown curry leaves every morning for 3 to 4 months.
  • Eat a tomato before breakfast.

Dos and don'ts (precautions) in weight loss, obesity

There are many ways to lose weight, but it is not always easy to keep the weight off. The key to successful weight loss is making changes in your eating and physical activity habits that you can keep up for the rest of your life.

In addition to a healthy lifestyle, you can help prevent overweight and obesity by balancing good nutrition (from a healthy diet) with enough physical activity. It is important is to create balance between the food you eat (Energy IN) and physical activity (Energy OUT). Combine healthy eating with enough physical activity to keep your body in balance.

There are some simple steps people can take, that can affect their weight and health over the long term. For example, cutting out one soda a day, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator are small changes that can make a big difference in health over time.

Preventing overweight and obesity, especially in children, goes beyond just eating a healthy diet and getting enough physical activity. It may be more helpful to think about adopting a “healthy lifestyle”—and maintaining a healthy weight is just one part of a healthy lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle could include:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Getting enough physical activity
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Reducing “screen time”—time spent watching TV, playing video games, or on the computer
  • Limiting or eliminating tobacco, drug, and alcohol use
  • Reducing stress
  • Helping out in your community
  • Talking to your health care provider, scheduling and keeping regular well visits, and taking medications correctly.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle involves individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities. This type of lifestyle can make it more likely for people to stay healthy, including controlling their weight and preventing obesity.

Physical activity

Getting enough physical activity is an important way to help prevent or reduce overweight and obesity and related health problems.

  • Adults 18 and older need 30 minutes of physical activity, like brisk walking, on five or more days a week to be healthy. The idea is to use up more calories than you eat. You need to use up the day's calories and some of the calories stored in your body fat.

  • Children and teens need 60 minutes of activity a day for their health.

Homeopathic remedies for weight loss, obesity. Diet pills you buy without a prescription will not make a big difference in how much you lose each week or how long you keep the weight off. If you do use them, read the label carefully. Because of possible side effects, like high blood pressure, never take more than the listed dose. Also, be careful about taking cough or cold medicines with diet pills you buy without a prescription. These medicines may contain the same drug used in diet pills, or a similar drug with the same effects. If you take both products together, you may get too much of the same type of drug. This can hurt you. Before taking a cough or cold medicine while using diet pills, ask your pharmacist if it's OK.

Acupuncture

Many studies have found that both, acupuncture and acupressure, can improve weight loss slightly. Acupuncture is believed to promote weight loss by stimulating points on the body that boost serotonin levels. (Elevated serotonin levels are thought to suppress appetite.) One well-designed study found that people who received electrical acupuncture of the ear (auricular acupuncture) reduced their appetite.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Besides changing diet and exercise habits, successful weight loss often requires additional behavioral adjustments to keep the weight off. That might include setting reasonable weekly or monthly goals - how much exercise or how much weight loss is desired, for instance - and finding ways to reward yourself for successes that don't involve food. Working with both a dietician and a behavioral specialist can help you put these practices into play.

It also helps to reduce the stress that leads to overeating by practicing relaxation exercises, such as yoga, meditation, or tai chi.


Finally, it is hard to lose weight without support. Support groups such as Overeaters Anonymous or Weight Watchers can help you stay focused on your goals and allow members to share success and encourage each other.

Parental guidelines


Parental involvement in the treatment of childhood obesity is considered important for success, especially when parents are given adequate training in a wide range of behavior-change techniques that can be applied to the entire family. Research suggests that training parents alone is superior to training either children alone or training both parents and children. This avoids affecting the child’s self-esteem and willingness to change, which might result from labeling him or her as “the patient.”

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in weight loss, obesity

EcoSlim™

Promotes healthy metabolism, liver, thyroid and digestive functioning.

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TeenSlim™

Assists teenagers in weight maintenance, system cleansing, skin clarity and energy.

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JuniorSlim™

Promotes safe weight loss and management for children and preteens.

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TripleComplex Slimmer's Assist™

Assists body with metabolism, digestion and the healthy breakdown of dietary fat.

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